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Comedians React to Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘It’s Our Culture That Damns Us’

The Wrap Iliza ShlesingerDoug StanhopeDoug Stanhope
Friday, 10 November 2017 ()

Comedians React to Louis CK Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘It’s Our Culture That Damns Us’Louis C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a New York Times report on Thursday; C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay told TheWrap on Thursday that “in the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement.”

Until then, a number of his fellow comedians come out with their own statements on social media. Many said they had heard rumors about his conduct in the past and voiced the hope that the recent wave of public accusations will prevent men in Hollywood and entertainment from continuing to get away with bad behavior.

“I dealt w/a lot of BS w/my show…I stupidly told people about incidents that happened and some people didn’t believe me, mostly because I was already seen as difficult by people,” wrote Cristela Alonzo, a stand-up comic and the former star and creator of a short-lived self-titled ABC sitcom. “It makes me feel better to see women saying things that happened to them and having people believe them.”

*Also Read:* Louis CK Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 5 Women

A number of male comedians also condemned the allegations against C.K., including “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander. “Gentlemen, comedy is often inappropriate,” he wrote on Twitter. “It is sometimes daring and audacious and shocking. But our behavior, in the real world, toward women – that doesn’t get a pass on inappropriate.”

Jen Kirkman, who had previously been linked to C.K. in speculative media reports, spoke out against him in a series of tweets. She also criticized the way people talk about sexual harassment and called out the “culture that damns [women] if we [speak out] or don’t or shames us if we have made peace.”

“Though he apologized for his one time comment to me, I will no longer casually call Louie a friend. I can’t support what I now KNOW are his contributions to the power dynamic in this business,” she wrote, vowing to spend the rest of the day using her platform to promote women in comedy.

*Also Read:* Louis CK Film Release Under 'Careful Consideration' After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

See more reactions below:



Because he didn't physically assault anyone, that we know of, and because he apologized, and because he is so self aware- I bet you #Louisck

— Iliza Shlesinger (@iliza) November 9, 2017





Goes away for a bit, gets therapy, then comes back with a while act about that sorrow and introspection and his fans will forgive and forget

– Iliza Shlesinger (@iliza) November 9, 2017





wow
i guess nothing will ever surprise me again
regarding men

Louis C.K. – https://t.co/brUoHJT78y

— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 9, 2017





For everybody asking, I know and like Louis C.K. I won't defend him. This is inexcusable and he needs to address it. https://t.co/wyA5ImeDO7

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 9, 2017





I have been contacted many times recently asking me to make statements or write about Louis CK or sexual harassment in comedy, and maybe I'm a crank but it doesn't feel like support. It feels like wolves. You want to support? COME TO A SHOW.

— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) November 9, 2017





Gentlemen, comedy is often inappropriate. It is sometimes daring and audacious and shocking. But our behavior, in the real world, toward women – that doesn’t get a pass on inappropriate.

— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) November 9, 2017





Louis CK probably hates that he’s finding out the truth behind “the people you meet on the way up are the ones you’ll meet on the way down.”

— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) November 9, 2017





I dealt w/a lot of BS w/my show…I stupidly told people about incidents that happened and some people didn’t believe me, mostly because I was already seen as difficult by people…

– Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) November 9, 2017





It makes me feel better to see women saying things that happened to them and having people believe them…

– Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) November 9, 2017





I have barely even weighed in on the Louis CK thing (like, not even directly), and I'm already getting harassed. Nothing invites more harassment than when I comment on women in comedy. Nothing.

— Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) November 9, 2017





Though he apologized for his one time comment to me, I will no longer casually call Louie a friend. I can't support what I now KNOW are his contributions to the power dynamic in this business.

— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) November 9, 2017





When women speak, don't sensationalize it and make it about naming the man. Our stories run deeper. It's our culture that damns us if we do or don't or shames us if we have made peace. It's time to listen to how women want this to be talked about. The end.

— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) November 9, 2017





To the men harassing me about my podcast I pulled down in 2014 or who say I recently implied I don't believe the victims, fuck you. This is the culture of harassment that has been my living hell. You don't know how to read or listen and you're bullies and you're wrong.

— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) November 9, 2017





I was fucked over many times by Jezebel and the Daily Beast. People saying I said things I didn't say. If you want to choose not to believe me, great. But this is why women don't talk about ANYTHING. So I'm done. The end.

— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) November 9, 2017





When stuff like this breaks, women get harassed and analyzed and criticized more. Pardon me while I get back to my life of promoting my shows on here. I have to make a fucking living. No further comments.

— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) November 9, 2017





HR training for comedians:

Don't touch your co-workers, don't threaten violence, and please don't masturbate in your office.

SIMPLE RULES!

— Sue Smith (@suesmith666) November 9, 2017



*Related stories from TheWrap:*

That Time Doug Stanhope Took the Blame for Louis CK

Louis CK Film Release Under 'Careful Consideration' After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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